MAKINDYE – Makindye East Member of Parliament Allan Ssewanyana has expressed his dissatisfaction on how the Government of Uganda has handled the corruption case involving Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) president Moses Magogo.
On Saturday, September 28th, Magogo came out and announced that he will be stepping aside to allow FIFA to investigate his case concerning the illegal sale of 177 FIFA World Cup 2014 tickets that were allocated to Uganda.
In his speech during the annual FUFA General Assembly in Adjumani, Magogo claimed that he will be away from office for two months so as to allow FIFA conclude its investigations.
Ssewanyana who filed the petition on 30th May 2017 to the FIFA Ethics and Integrity Committee, noted in a press briefing held at his offices in Makindye on Monday that he wants to know where the government of Uganda is regarding their investigates because he also lodged the matter to them..
“I thank FIFA for closely following up with interest my petition implicating Magogo as having acted in breach of FIFA statutes, disciplinary code and articles 13, 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22 of the FIFA code of ethics that I sent,” said Ssewanyana on Monday.
“However, allow me extend my dissatisfaction to the various organs of government that have failed to pick kin interest in this matter as an agent matter of national interest. The bodies – Ministry of Education and Sports & Criminal prosecutors – should update us about which stage are their investigations.
“Government’s objective is to fight corruption, but they have taken years without giving us a response. This is not my personal case, and it’s not political.”
Ssewanyana also added that it is a shame that pressure has come from FIFA while Uganda government is busy looking on.
“Madam Janat Museveni, your Ministry should be the first body to fight for the integrity of sports in the country.
“How will Ugandans be sure that money given out is received by the good hands if you can’t handle the petition to the dot?”
It should be noted that for every FIFA World Cup tournament, a particular number of tickets is allocated to each federation prior to the championship.
In Uganda’s case 177 tickets were allocated but none, according to Ssewanyana were sold to Ugandans.
Currently, FUFA vice president Justus Mugisha is the acting president of FUFA after Magogo stepped aside.